Abeo is a learning and professional development initiative focused on fostering behavioral style and values awareness and understanding within the educational community. The results are improved communication, motivation and, ultimately, teacher, student and parent engagement.
Administrators lack effective communication tools to engage teachers and as a result teachers are disconnected. Many teachers are not aligned and committed to the goals of their school. There is a significant need for change and teacher personal development in a social context.
Furthermore, DropOutPrevention.org (2006) determined that 35 percent of “student dropouts” dropped out because they could not get along with their teacher. Engagement falls as students advance into higher grades.
All of this signifies the tremendous need for new ways to collaborate in a positive environment where each individual gains ownership in the community.
Through online and onsite training and development administrators and teachers learn how to adapt their communication and approach to account for individual personal styles as a daily strategic component of teacher and student management.
Through self-character generation students and teachers become aware of and generate understanding of their unique behavioral styles and motivators. Interactive role playing helps participants learn to take action to account for the natural differences between themselves and others.
The Abeo model is a foundation for enhanced communication between students, parents, teachers and administrators. The success of the abeo network will be measurable improvements in student engagement which can lead to a lower drop out rate.